Shatavari: The Ayurvedic Herb For Women


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Shatavari has proved to be extremely effective in restoring the balance of the Pitta dosha, whenever it goes out of sync. It is a women's herb and helps women release extra water weight gained during menstruation, increases the abundance of breast milk, rebalances hormones, increases fertility and balances the pH levels of the vagina.

Shatavari is known to be a great rejuvenative herb which is used in Ayurveda. Its tubers are white, radish shaped, and found in clusters, and its branches are modified into a leafy structure. In fact, the entire plant has a feathery appearance. The stem is woody and dark green, the flowers are fragrant, small and white, and the fruits are fleshy red berries that turn purplish black when ripe.

Shatavari is mentioned under six important rasayanas in ayurveda

Shatavari grows in low jungle areas of the tropics. In Kerala, India-Shatavari grows abundantly, and the Ayurvedic physicians have been using its roots and leaves for medicinal purposes for thousands of years- and with good reason.

Shatavari In Ayurveda

Shatavari is mentioned under six important rasayanas in ayurveda. Rasayanas are those that promote general well-being of an individual by increasing cellular vitality or resistance.

According to Ayurveda, there are three vital energies or doshas in the body, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These three doshas are delicately balanced in a unique proportion in every individual. Good health can be enjoyed only when this balance is maintained. Shatavari has proved to be extremely effective in restoring the balance of the Pitta dosha, whenever it goes out of sync.

Shatavari- The Women’s Herb

Traditionally Shatavari is considered a woman’s herb and also finds its way into numerous potent male sexuality-centric formulas. It is considered as one of the Vajikarana herbs, and just like Ashwagandha, in men it can readily increase testosterone, semen count, seminal fructose content, erection indexes, and much more. Shatavari is imbued with phytoecdysteroids which can mimic hormones and sapogenins.

Shatavari Benefits For Health

-Shatavari helps women to release extra water weight gained during menstruation.

-It increases the abundance of breast milk for mothers.

-It supports women that have had a hysterectomy by rebalancing hormones.

-Shatavari helps to balance the pH levels of the vagina; cleansing dry membranes so that fluids are balanced entirely.

-Fertility rates increase with Shatavari use since it nourishes the ovum.

-Shatavari can be used by men to reduce impotence.

-Shatavari’s isoflavones, soluble fibers, and complex sugars help with digestion.

-Shatavari aids in treating heartburn and colitis.

-Shatavri is a cooling herb and can help diminish a fever, reduce inflammation, and even reverse stomach ulcers.

-The herb can fight cholera, typhoid fever, dysenteriae, E.coli, and Staphylococcus aureus. These bacteria can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

-This herb also helps to relieve stress. It creates a positive immune response within protecting it from the damage that accompanies stress and the hormones they release.

-Shatavari supports reproductive health by toning and nourishing the female reproductive organs.

-Shatavari maintains healthy hormonal balance.

-Shatavari treats PMS symptoms by relieving pain and controlling blood loss during menstruation.

-Shatavari relieves menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. By producing estrogens it makes up for low estrogen levels in women who are menopausal or have had hysterectomies or oophorectomies.

-Shatavari supports normal function of the immune and digestive system.

Shatavari Herb Files

There are two varieties of Shatavari, with similar medicinal properties and uses.

Satavari – Asparagus racemosus
Maha Satavari – Asparagus sarmentosa Linn

Botanical Name– Asparagus racemosus Wild and Asparagopsis abyssinica Kunth

Family– Liliaceae

Sanskrit — Shatavari

English — Indian Asparagus, Hundred Roots , Asparagus roots

ChineseTian men dong

Rasa (Taste)Madhura (sweet), Tikta (Bitter)

Guna (Qualities)Guru (Heaviness), Snigdha (Oily, unctuous)

Vipaka- Madhura – Undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion

Veerya – Sheeta – Cold potency.


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Ayurveda 5pts

Mersini Papadopoulou You're welcome! If you are taking in capsule form one to two per day! :)

Marsha Creary
Marsha Creary 5pts

Just like with Ashwagandha, for men, there are so many wonderful benefits for women in Shatavari

Marsha Creary
Marsha Creary 5pts

I use it in conjunction with a liver detox to regulate heavy menstruation

Mersini Papadopoulou
Mersini Papadopoulou 5pts

thanks for sharing... it would be also very informing to read how to take it, daily? for how long? mixed with something? thanks.

Millie Lee
Millie Lee 5pts

Did you mean the info or the plant?As a child I lived in Sri Lanka and we had both varieties in our yard. My mom made the morning drink with cooked rice and that's why I prefer it. Just love it.If you are looking for a plant, depending on the country you live in, try nurseries and other places where they sell plants. Give them the botanical name given on the original Ayurveda post. Some might not know the different general names.

Jan Dg
Jan Dg 5pts

Been looking for natural ways to improve chances to getting pregnant naturally

Millie Lee
Millie Lee 5pts

I love this plant. Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka call it 'Hathavariya'. I don't the botanical names or difference in medicinal value. There are two varieties. One is more to the busy side and the other is a runner. For me, both taste the same.They blend this with some water, strain it, mix with some cooked rice and blend it again to get rice mixed properly, transfer the mixture into a pot and add coconut milk and salt and bring to boil and drink it warm. It is mostly a morning drink, Very beautiful and filling.Some people don't add cooked rice but Personally I love it as it is filling and creamier.

Suzanna Conn
Suzanna Conn 5pts

Sounds brilliant !! Can you get this wonderful herb in the UK? Thank you...\U0001f33a

Kendra Horn
Kendra Horn 5pts

Now for the ones that reduce estrogen for those of us with estrogen dominance besides chasteberry

Kulvinder Kaur
Kulvinder Kaur 5pts

where do we get this herb in delhi.. or any tables of this herb as an alternative available in delhi...

Asababy 5pts

Thank you for information. Please I need herbal medicine for fibroid. Measure. 130 *92*100

Jan Dg
Jan Dg 5pts

Would like to know ...where I could find this herb ??

Yaduveer Agnihotri
Yaduveer Agnihotri 5pts

Satawari has more than hundred thick roots in bunch, dried and powdered can be used with milk moderately.

Ayurveda 5pts

Yes, but moderation is important!

Kerry DeBose Galvin
Kerry DeBose Galvin 5pts

From all my meds I have bad skin, thin skin. And my hair is a little

Sathiya Pang
Sathiya Pang 5pts

In Thailand we put them in Omelet. Yum Yum

Sarah Howe
Sarah Howe 5pts

Mountain Rose Herbs sells the powder, however if you are estrogen dominant I would not suggest taking it.

Zay Love
Zay Love 5pts

1 teaspoon with milk or water in the morning and night. It does help to balance hormones. For more info i would ask any herbalist in terms of you, if you are trying to heal

Sussie Snell
Sussie Snell 5pts

Ah, you did it\U0001f61c\U0001f44d\U0001f64f\U0001f3ff

Courtney Young
Courtney Young 5pts

This has got to be one of my favourites \U0001f64c

Mary Vega
Mary Vega 5pts

At Indian supermarkets is where I bought it.

Yang Yue
Yang Yue 5pts

It depends on your body type. It is not good for you if you have a cold physique. Actually, TianMenDong is considered as a medicine. Everybody should understand his own physical status at first and use the herb cautiously by the guidance of the doctor.

Yang Yue
Yang Yue 5pts

Yes, Marne, I was talking about Shatavari which also called Tian Men Dong in the Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Gina B Auguste
Gina B Auguste 5pts

Would love to try this herb, please let us know where to purchase?

Marne Herzer
Marne Herzer 5pts

So it is safe to take when breastfeeding?

Natalie McArthur
Natalie McArthur 5pts

Not sure.but I know where we can get the herb tincture. At west end - it was part of my herbal mixture